Zoe, Kaylee, River and Inara. The four graces. Different talents, different struggles, different features, different life experiences. Same life-affirming energy. I wish we could have heard more of their stories, and maybe one day I will get around to reading all the slash fiction.
I don’t have time today to write as I should in praise of these awesome actors and the beloved characters they played for all too brief a time. (Nor to précis or respond to the very often legitimate and intriguing critiques that have been written about the limitations to the way they were used.) I just wanted to remind us of what we once had, though I am not yet willing to say we shall not see their like again, and perhaps prompt a game of ‘remember our favourite bits’.
*Spoilers may lurk hereunder.*